Waterloo is at the epicentre of the quantum revolution – and has been for more than twenty years.
Nicknamed “Quantum Valley,” our complete theory-to-commercialization quantum ecosystem is high-density, collaborative and world-class. In our community, there are more than 250 researchers working in quantum theory at our top research institutions, which includes two of the world’s largest quantum-related physics research centres.
This makes Waterloo a perfect place for companies building teams of quantum experts and investigating quantum technologies. What kind of quantum technologies? Well, they’re already being used in information security and quantum materials promise to deliver the future of energy transmission, batteries, solar panels and more. Want to drive innovation? Start thinking about quantum science.
Here are five organizations driving quantum innovation in Waterloo:
Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest independent theoretical physics research hub and focuses on research areas such as condensed matter, mathematical physics, quantum fields and strings, quantum foundations, quantum gravity and quantum information. Perimeter trains next-generation physicists, from master’s-level to PhD candidates and graduate fellows, and it also hosts award-winning outreach activities like the Slices of PI and the Public Lecture Series.
Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
The Institute for Quantum Computing, located at the University of Waterloo, is one of the world’s largest quantum technology research institutes. IQC has several core research areas, including quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum sensing and quantum material, and holds the world record for number of universally controlled qubits. The institute has plans to expand to more than 30 research groups and 30 faculty positions, alongside 50 postdoctoral fellows and 125 students.
Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT)
Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) is a collaborative research initiative led by IQC and the University of Waterloo that accelerates the development and deployment of quantum devices globally. They work with companies in the community and across the country to develop quantum technology and applications that deliver societal and economic benefits.
Quantum Valley Investments (QVI)
Quantum Valley Investments provides commercialization funding, expertise and support for researchers that develop cutting-edge technologies and applications in Quantum Information Science. The Quantum Valley Fund is $100 million and is invested at the direction of QVI Managing Partners Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin – both formerly of Blackberry – with the guidance of the four world-class scientific minds on the organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)
Located at the University of Waterloo, the Quantum-Nano Centre is a state-of-the-art research and development laboratory for quantum information science and nanotechnology, housing more than 50 researchers and more than 100 graduate students.
With our rich quantum technology ecosystem and collaborative research community, there is no better place to commercialize quantum research and tap into the future of quantum technology than Waterloo.